Tower of Terror Has a ‘Twilight Zone’ Reference No One Noticed For 27 Years

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If you’ve ever journeyed to the fifth dimension on Walt Disney World Resort’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, you probably know that the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel is fraught with secrets — like a hidden jar of pickled sausages and a freefalling elevator that doesn’t actually drop.

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Now, some savvy Disney World fans have noticed a reference to the iconic Twilight Zone television series that has seemingly gone undetected since Tower of Terror opened on July 22, 1994.

Reddit user NowhereStarr14 recently posted a photo accompanied by the following caption:

I need some of your help on here; I recently found this image of a little note in the ToT lobby, on the Concierge desk, but due to the cursive and cobwebs, it’s hard to make out what it says. The right image is what I think is written down for some parts.

I need some of your help on here; I recently found this image of a little note in the ToT lobby, on the Concierge desk, but due to the cursive and cobwebs, it’s hard to make out what it says. The right image is what I think is written down for some parts. from WaltDisneyWorld

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A commenter, Abberline1888, noted:

It’s a reference to this episode of the Twilight Zone.

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The episode in question — Season 4, Episode 17 (“Passage on the Lady Anne”) features the following opening narrative:

Portrait of a honeymoon couple getting ready for a journey – with a difference. These newlyweds [Alan Ransome and Eileen Ransome] have been married for six years, and they’re not taking this honeymoon to start their life but rather to save it, or so Eileen Ransome thinks. She doesn’t know why she insisted on a ship for this voyage, except that it would give them some time and she’d never been on one before – certainly never one like the Lady Anne. The tickets read ‘New York to Southampton,’ but this old liner is going somewhere else. Its destination – the Twilight Zone.

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The original Redditor responded with surprise, noting that this Tower of Terror secret does not seem to be documented anywhere — until now:

You just helped discover an undocumented secret about the Tower of Terror since opening day in 1994; no other article or video online has mentioned this as a Twilight Zone episode reference. This is incredible, thank you so much for your help!

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The astute fans also noticed a potential second Twilight Zone reference in the note. Flora_Danica wrote:

Below the first date: Global air flt 33 (possibly a reference to another Twilight Zone episode, “Odyssey of Flight 33”)

Last lines: Return to Los Angeles

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Abberline1888 chimed in again, noting:

I think you’re right – good eye.

The top lines are, I think, “travel itinerary for Mr and Mrs Ransome.” So, it looks like Mr and Mrs Ransome were supposed to head to New York on Flight 33 on the 1st November and then on to Southampton on the 5th on board the Lady Anne.

Shame about the whole dinosaur thing, huh?

Just when we thought there was nothing new to learn about the Tower of Terror, Disney Imagineers have proven that the Twilight Zone will always surprise us!

More on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

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Disney World officially describes the Tower of Terror as:

Next Stop: The 5th Dimension
Step uneasily inside the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel and find a dusty lobby frozen in time. Even the subdued hotel staff seems strangely out of another era.

Suddenly a television set springs to life and Rod Serling welcomes you on a journey into the Twilight Zone. He reveals that on a gloomy Halloween night in 1939, some hotel patrons were riding the elevator when a violent storm struck the building… and they were never seen again. The hotel closed down and has stood empty ever since.

Going Up?

Enter the rickety, elevator-style lift, strap yourself in and prepare to discover what lies beyond the darkest corner of your imagination.

Shriek in terror as you’re suddenly propelled up and down the abandoned shaft—unexpectedly dropping and rising—as you hear the sound of cables snapping and metal clanging overhead.

Will you make it back to the real world… or will you become a permanent resident of the Twilight Zone?

Based on the Television Series
This attraction is based on the popular television series which originally aired from 1959 to 1964. Created, hosted and written by Rod Serling, the award-winning show—with its imaginative storylines and unexpected twist endings—was wildly successful.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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